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Common Name: Komodo Dragon

Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Sauropsida

Order: Squamata

Family: Sauria

Genius: Varanus

Species: V. komodoensis


The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in the world. It grows to an average length of nine to ten feet. Large adults, in the wild, weigh around one hundred fifty-four pounds. There are six thousand living Komodo Dragons, restricted to the islands of Indonesia. They are carnivorous and they eat live prey such as, pigs, goats, deer, water buffaloes, and are known to eat humans or human corpses. Female Komodo Dragons lay about twenty eggs and has an incubation period of seven months. Newborn Komodo Dragons take about five years to mature. They live up to thirty years.




Text Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Reptiles pg.369. Austin: Life Science, 2001. Book No author. Creepy Creatures pg.81 Chicago: Kids Books Inc.,1998 Internet No author. “Lizards in Depth.”, 2002 Wikipedia. “Komodo Dragon.” http://en, , 2006 Encyclopedia No author. “Lizards” pg. 399-401 World Book Inc., World Book Encyclopedia, 2000

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